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  • Writer's pictureCraig Drabyk

Remote Prefabrication Helps Keep Workers Safe from COVID-19

Prefabrication has always been a favored method of electrical construction here at Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., but work practice changes designed to increase safety during the pandemic are bringing even more of its many benefits to light.

In order to safeguard our workers from exposure to COVID-19, Omni is remotely prefabricating as many electrical components as possible rather than assembling them at the

job site. Such items include temporary lighting, light fixtures, control panels, BAS and security systems, pneumatic assemblies, and even entire electrical rooms and IT/AV rooms. These substantially-completed assemblies are then transported and installed in less time than is normally required when built onsite, which drastically reduces time spent working in close proximity to other trades.

Much of the prefabrication is done in Omni’s large, conditioned workshop, where technicians can perform their work safely and comfortably while maintaining proper distancing. Other project assembly takes place under large tents or in sectioned-off outdoor areas of the job site. Not only do these practices reduce potential exposure, they also save time, increase

productivity, and help keep project costs low. Reaction has been overwhelmingly favorable among our workers who feel safer and, in many cases, find remote prefabrication preferable to onsite assembly. In fact, some of the new prefabrication techniques developed out of necessity have proven to be so efficient that we plan to incorporate them into our standard work procedures after the pandemic is over.

About Omni

Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., located in New Jersey and Maryland, is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.

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